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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2674

Indian PM ready to talk to all Kashmiri groups

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

New Delhi, 17 June ( Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has expressed his readiness to hold talks with the separatist Hurriyat Conference and all other Kashmiri groups for peace and development in Jammu and Kashmir. He made it clear that his government would not allow any human rights violation and see that the culprits of rape and murder of two women at Shopian were punished.

’It is very unfortunate that these incidents (rape and murder of two women at Shopian late last month) have taken place. If there were any violation of human rights, we will take effective action’, he told reporters on board his special aircraft while returning home from the SCO summit in Russia.

Prime Minister said his government is committed to ‘zero tolerance’ of rights violations.

Answering questions on Kashmir scene, Manmohan Singh said, ‘I have not given up hope…’. He said he was willing to engage with any group, including those outside the political mainstream, for peace and development of the state.

’I have always said that we would be happy to engage in a dialogue with any groups and I mean any groups in talking to us that option is open and we would welcome even those groups who are not in the political mainstream. If they have any views, we are quite willing to discuss with them’, he was quoted as saying.

Recalling that he had invited the Hurriyat for talks in the past and that he had even had two rounds of talks with the separatist conglomerate, the Prime Minister regretted what he called lack of coherent response from the Hurriyat.

’They (Hurriyat) said they would send us proposals, they never sent us any proposals. They said there are too many people detained. I asked them to give me a list of people who they felt had been detained without purpose, they never gave any list’, he told a questioner, and added, ‘I am not complaining. We are ready to talk with whosoever is willing to shun the gun culture and violence’.

-Asian Tribune -.

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